Main Exhibition

Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

Events

Poetry and Photography series: Chris Routledge & Rebecca Goss

24 October 2017

Events

The Lost and Found Labyrinth: Dementia and Wellbeing Day

27 October 2017

Events

Book Launch: ‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’, Kevin Crooks

16 November 2017

Past Exhibitions

Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

Past Exhibitions

OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

Past Exhibitions

Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

Past Exhibitions

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

Wall Work

40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

Past Exhibitions

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

Past Exhibitions

Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

Culture Shifts

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Toxteth

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Positive Changes at The Atkinson

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Kirkby

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

St Helens

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Exhibition: Halton

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Animator Training

9 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2016

9 July - 16 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

Past Exhibitions

Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

Past Exhibitions

Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

Past Exhibitions

Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

Past Exhibitions

Kohei Yoshiyuki: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

Past Exhibitions

E. Chambre Hardman

7 December - 17 February 2013

Past Exhibitions

Mark Morrisroe: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

Past Exhibitions

Sinta Tantra – Together, Yet Forever Apart: Liverpool Biennial 2012

1 September - 1 January 2014

Past Exhibitions

Still Outside (Or Unexplained)

22 June - 2 September 2012

Past Exhibitions

Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures

22 June - 2 September 2012

Past Exhibitions

Richard Mosse: Infra

30 March - 10 June 2012

Past Exhibitions

Simon Norfolk: For Most of It I Have No Words: Genocide, Landscape, Memory

30 March - 10 June 2012

Past Exhibitions

Emily Speed: Nothing Is Finished, Nothing Is Perfect, Nothing Lasts

30 March - 2 September 2012

Past Exhibitions

Painted Photographs

13 January - 18 March 2012

Past Exhibitions

Richard Simpkin And Simone Lueck: Richard & Famous

13 January - 18 March 2012

Past Exhibitions

Mitch Epstein: American Power

5 November - 23 December 2011

Past Exhibitions

Chris Steele-Perkins: The Pleasure Principle

5 November - 23 December 2011

Past Exhibitions

S Mark Gubb: Good Sailing…

5 November - 18 March 2012

Past Exhibitions

Festive Photo Fayre

16 December - 20 December 2015

Past Exhibitions

Curious Gallery: An Exhibition Designed By Children

11 December - 13 December 2015

Past Exhibitions

Zanele Muholi: VUKANI/RISE

18 September - 29 November 2015

Past Exhibitions

Open 1

16 May - 23 August 2015

Past Exhibitions

Metamorphosis Of Japan After The War

22 January - 26 April 2015

Past Exhibitions

Robert Heinecken: Lessons In Posing Subjects

7 November - 11 January 2015

Past Exhibitions

Not All Documents Are Records: Photographing Exhibitions As An Art Form

5 July - 19 October 2014

Past Exhibitions

Paul Morrison: Urformen

1 June - 1 December 2016

Past Exhibitions

Ebb And Flow: A Visual Chronicle Of The Changes Within Liverpool’s Chinatown

17 May - 22 June 2014

Past Exhibitions

Letizia Battaglia: Breaking The Code Of Silence

22 February - 4 May 2014

Past Exhibitions

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers From Here

7 December - 9 February 2014

Past Exhibitions

Tim Hetherington: You Never See Them Like This

6 September - 24 November 2013

Past Exhibitions

Charles Fréger: The Wild And The Wise

17 May - 26 August 2013

Past Exhibitions

Eva Stenram: Drape

17 May - 26 August 2013

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Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

‘Another Language’ and ‘In The Pink Room’

 

The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

 

9 September – 1st October

 

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

 

 

This joint exhibition is the result of a collaboration between photographers Steph Wynne, Steph Fawcett, and two separate groups of women based at Wirral Change and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral. The projects that form the exhibition, entitled ‘Another Language’ and ‘In the Pink Room’, showcase the diversity of the area and champion the women of Wirral. They are made up of photo stories, which reflect a real sense of vibrancy and pride from the local community to be based in Wirral.

The projects have been produced as part of the wider Culture Shifts venture, Open Eye Gallery’s socially engaged photography programme, supported by the Strategic Touring Fund, Arts Council England. Working with eleven national and international photographers embedded in communities across seven areas of Liverpool City Region, it aims to support communities to explore their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.

Another Language

The photographs in this project have all been produced with a group of women from Wirral Change, a Black and Minorities Outreach Service.

Many of the women in the group were international, with English as a second language. Another Language seeks to use photography as a universal common language, creating new opportunities for communication between the women of the group.

The work takes the form of long sequences or ‘conversations’ of photographs, almost like unfurled rolls of camera film. Each conversation begins with an image taken by Steph Wynne or Steph Fawcett that resonates with the women’s group. Using this as a starting point, the women in the group add another image that acts as a response. Long photographic conversations developed out of this process.

The conversations reveal the women’s love of home, colour, landscape and the environment. They also include images from the participant’s family archives and documentation of their journeys to Britain and around the world.

In addition to the conversations, the women are represented in a set of collaboratively produced portraits that give clues to their backgrounds; they are shown within images of their own mirror frames, or selected picture frames, to conjure the sense of contemplating their own reflection, or looking how they wish to appear.

The colour palette used for the panels is taken from the Della Robbia Collection of pottery, housed at the Williamson Art Gallery. This connects the women, regardless of their birthplace, to Wirral: their chosen home.

In The Pink Room

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral is a female only environment that the members of the group see as a haven. As one participant puts it, “everyone needs a place like this”.

The women have varied interests and reasons for attending the centre; this is reflected in the work produced. Each participant photographed or collected images of a personal interest, and then worked these images into objects.

They chose masks as their objects because they felt that we all, often, have to disguise our true selves. With the support and fellowship found at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral they feel they’ve been helped to remove their masks.

The panoramic portrait of the group, including the two photographers, is set in the beautifully tended garden at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, making a connection between the participants, their haven and the concept of personal growth.

In the photographs, the women are wearing the masks not for anonymity but because of the groups’ sense of fun, playfulness and camaraderie.

‘Another Language’ and ‘In The Pink Room’

 

The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

 

9 September – 1st October

 

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

 

 

This joint exhibition is the result of a collaboration between photographers Steph Wynne, Steph Fawcett, and two separate groups of women based at Wirral Change and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral. The projects that form the exhibition, entitled ‘Another Language’ and ‘In the Pink Room’, showcase the diversity of the area and champion the women of Wirral. They are made up of photo stories, which reflect a real sense of vibrancy and pride from the local community to be based in Wirral.

The projects have been produced as part of the wider Culture Shifts venture, Open Eye Gallery’s socially engaged photography programme, supported by the Strategic Touring Fund, Arts Council England. Working with eleven national and international photographers embedded in communities across seven areas of Liverpool City Region, it aims to support communities to explore their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.

Another Language

The photographs in this project have all been produced with a group of women from Wirral Change, a Black and Minorities Outreach Service.

Many of the women in the group were international, with English as a second language. Another Language seeks to use photography as a universal common language, creating new opportunities for communication between the women of the group.

The work takes the form of long sequences or ‘conversations’ of photographs, almost like unfurled rolls of camera film. Each conversation begins with an image taken by Steph Wynne or Steph Fawcett that resonates with the women’s group. Using this as a starting point, the women in the group add another image that acts as a response. Long photographic conversations developed out of this process.

The conversations reveal the women’s love of home, colour, landscape and the environment. They also include images from the participant’s family archives and documentation of their journeys to Britain and around the world.

In addition to the conversations, the women are represented in a set of collaboratively produced portraits that give clues to their backgrounds; they are shown within images of their own mirror frames, or selected picture frames, to conjure the sense of contemplating their own reflection, or looking how they wish to appear.

The colour palette used for the panels is taken from the Della Robbia Collection of pottery, housed at the Williamson Art Gallery. This connects the women, regardless of their birthplace, to Wirral: their chosen home.

In The Pink Room

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral is a female only environment that the members of the group see as a haven. As one participant puts it, “everyone needs a place like this”.

The women have varied interests and reasons for attending the centre; this is reflected in the work produced. Each participant photographed or collected images of a personal interest, and then worked these images into objects.

They chose masks as their objects because they felt that we all, often, have to disguise our true selves. With the support and fellowship found at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral they feel they’ve been helped to remove their masks.

The panoramic portrait of the group, including the two photographers, is set in the beautifully tended garden at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, making a connection between the participants, their haven and the concept of personal growth.

In the photographs, the women are wearing the masks not for anonymity but because of the groups’ sense of fun, playfulness and camaraderie.

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